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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,633Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 2035

$1.53M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 2035

711 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Michigan
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 711 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 711 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 29,814 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Michigan
SIMVASTATIN 2,140 1,928 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,312 1,245 2 7
ATENOLOL 1,219 1,140 3 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 980 891 4 13
METFORMIN HCL 942 853 5 9
LISINOPRIL 934 811 6 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 932 889 7 15
OMEPRAZOLE 895 812 8 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 803 776 9 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 790 745 10 4
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 502 449 11 47
ALLOPURINOL 486 446 12 34
CLOPIDOGREL 476 455 13 30
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 471 362 S3 14 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 467 452 15 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 462 453 16 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 439 424 17 11
DIOVAN 431 429 18 76
TAMSULOSIN HCL 428 426 19 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 404 359 20 27
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 370 321 R 21 139
GABAPENTIN 364 302 22 14
PLAVIX 362 348 23 49
RANITIDINE HCL 359 317 24 28
LIPITOR 350 341 25 134
JANUVIA 345 339 26 85
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 343 303 27 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 341 329 28 55
LOVAZA 310 263 29 137
SERTRALINE HCL 307 300 30 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 302 244 31 21
CARVEDILOL 284 267 32 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 284 269 32 26
SPIRONOLACTONE 281 250 34 65
GLYBURIDE 274 270 R 35 74
ALCOHOL SWABS 273 271 36 182
NEXIUM 247 226 37 51
METFORMIN HCL ER 244 242 38 78
ZETIA 222 164 39 84
CRESTOR 216 192 40 41
SINGLE USE SWAB 214 186 41 163
AZITHROMYCIN 206 166 42 39
AMOXICILLIN 197 168 43 116
TRAMADOL HCL 192 164 44 19
HYDRALAZINE HCL 190 189 45 45
EVISTA 174 174 46 136
DIOVAN HCT 172 157 47 126
ACTOS 170 130 48 124
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 168 166 49 66
DONEPEZIL HCL 164 164 50 24
PROAIR HFA 159 132 51 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 155 143 52 48
LANTUS 151 138 53 40
FINASTERIDE 149 149 54 105
SINGULAIR 148 129 55 119
IBUPROFEN 148 108 55 43
INSULIN SYRINGE 148 148 55 97
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 144 127 58 18
MECLIZINE HCL 137 133 59 147
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 136 126 60 191
LIDODERM 132 132 61 72
NITROSTAT 131 128 62 167
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 123 63 12
LEVOFLOXACIN 120 109 64 99
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 112 101 S3 65 52
PEN NEEDLE 111 111 66 100
CELEBREX 110 110 67 104
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 109 104 68 17
NAPROXEN 106 96 69 92
PROCTOSOL-HC 105 102 70 222
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 104 78 71 110
PROCTOZONE-HC 102 100 72 281
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 101 86 73 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 100 100 74 88
LOVASTATIN 99 95 75 33
PAROXETINE HCL 98 77 76 69
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 94 92 77 123
CILOSTAZOL 91 91 78 194
DIGOXIN 86 86 79 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 82 80 38
CYMBALTA 81 53 81 59
AVODART 77 77 82 225
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 70 83 42
PREDNISONE 73 71 84 36
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 72 72 85 122
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 72 66 85 102
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 71 53 87 125
FAMOTIDINE 67 53 88 71
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 47 89 63
GLIPIZIDE 66 52 89 54
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 66 53 89 187
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 64 50 R 92 247
VESICARE 63 54 93 209
METOLAZONE 62 62 94 162
BYSTOLIC 62 46 94 108
MICARDIS 61 52 96 348
FENTANYL 61 44 S2 96 53
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 60 48 98 35
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 60 59 98 220
AGGRENOX 59 56 100 295
BENICAR 59 59 100 185
DEXILANT 59 59 100 278
LACTULOSE 58 58 103 96
AMIODARONE HCL 58 47 103 171
PROPAFENONE HCL 55 55 105 463
AMMONIUM LACTATE 54 49 106 155
CEPHALEXIN 53 49 107 91
VENTOLIN HFA 51 47 108 80
VOLTAREN 51 49 108 141
NIASPAN 51 41 108 165
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 50 40 111 133
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on Feb. 16, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.